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Through the Eyes of Maia and Wizard  by Larner 89 Review(s)
DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 19 on 12/3/2013
So very many things, both great and small, to be thankful for right then! Lovely!

Author Reply: I'm so glad that you agree, Dreamflower! Thank you so!

FiondilReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/3/2013
A very nice gap filler, Larner. I liked how Gandalf didn't just jump up at once but had to re-remember how a body moved. Very realistic to what it must have been like for him. And having Narya reassure him was a nice touch.

Author Reply: I would think he must have felt more than a bit disoriented to have traveled as he did in those moments after his body died and then he was granted a new one. And wouldn't his Ring have wished to reassure him and reclaim him as its bearer, don't you think? Thanks so very much!

TariReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/3/2013
Thank you for the wonderful Easter gift. It is indeed a form of resurrection.

I shall have to remember to contract you before my birthday in July. I would love to have you write something for me.

Author Reply: You are very welcome. Just give me an idea as to what kind of story you'd like and I'll be glad to work on it!

Linda HoylandReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/2/2013
This was fascinating and a great use of the prompt.I'd not of what it must have been like for Gandalf to be sent back.

Author Reply: It must have been a bit of a shock, first to lose his assumed body and then to find it replaced again in this manner. So glad you appreciate it, my friend. And a joyful Easter season to you!

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 14 on 4/1/2013
Dear Gandalf. He's so affectionate and gentle with 'his hobbits'.

Author Reply: Isn't he, though? How much he must have come to love Bilbo, knowing he was the grandson of his old friend Gerontius.

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/1/2013
he’d been wearing a source of warmth

I never thought of that. What a marvelous gap filler.

Author Reply: I'd always pondered on how the renewed Gandalf should have come into possession of a new staff and Narya anew. And being the Ring of Fire, surely Narya would help him when he needed warmth, don't you think? I'm so glad that this pleased you so!

LindeleaReviewed Chapter: 18 on 4/1/2013
Oh! Marvellous expansion on the scene that I can see so clearly in my mind, remembered from the film. You have captured the essence of Gandalf so well, right down to the flashes of humor, an inner delight that was finally and more completely made free after the great battle was over ("He laughs more than he talks..."). Thanks for a lovely lunchtime read.

Author Reply: Gandalf's basic joy that must have been native to him as a Maia seems to have been more strongly expressed in and by him after his rebirth, so I can so imagine him enjoying images such as himself brooding on the Ring like an old hen. And Ian McKellan did such a marvelous job of bringing life to what Gandalf described in his brief explanation of how he was sent back from death! I found it so inspiring! But I had to restrain myself from a far too modern examination of the scientific principles of how the autonomic nervous system is organized--heh!

AndreaReviewed Chapter: 17 on 10/8/2012
All he could do was place his hand upon Frodo’s shoulder

Poor Frodo, so sad and hopeless!

Even Gandalf, the powerful wizard, can not use any of his powers to help him. Instead, he does a very simple thing: he gives him comfort by placing a hand on his shoulder! And that is all what Frodo really needed.

Wonderfully done!

Author Reply: Just knowing others empathise with him is a help, I suspect. Thank you so, Andrea.

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 17 on 10/2/2012
I ache for his ache. Dear me. But love the solace rec'd at the end. Sometimes just silent companionship and a tender touch is what it most needed and most powerful.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Author Reply: There you are right. And I suspect that this was merely one of Frodo's worse days. We know he recognized that home could not feel the same to him as HE was not the same. But at least we know he did not choose to blame anyone else for his plight--it was, unfortunately, the result of having been hurt too badly and too deep. And at least WE know he will most likely find his healing beyond all hope.

Thanks so, Antane.

KittyReviewed Chapter: 17 on 9/28/2012
It's so sad that Frodo feels so weak and can't enjoy anything any more, but I am glad he at least was so open to Gandalf and for once didn't try to hide anything. But no matter how sad it is, I like the way he compared himself to the books. Well, at least he still has his books ...

The end made me wonder if that was at least part of why Frodo in the end was offered to accompany the Elves to Tol Eressëa. It was the only place where he could be healed, after all.

Thank you so much, Larner, this is a beautiful little oneshot!

Author Reply: I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Kitty. Yes, for once Frodo is speaking openly, not that he thinks he can successfully hide anything from Gandalf anyway. And he did not only need healing, but so deserved it!

And glad you appreciated the literary aspect of the story--felt it was only right, considering your occupation! Hope your birthday was delightful!

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